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Poster: cathyftr Date: Jun 28, 2010 8:47pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Copyright and TV commercials - How are commercials copyrighted

1989? What ya know...one learns something new everyday.

Today I think the only things on TV that may be in PD are the local ads though even if they are in PD, its still not safe to upload due to restrictions. In other words a local TV or radio ad in Phoenix may not be allowed to be heard say in Buffalo due to contracts. A great example is radio/TV ads for so-called medical marijuana. Illegal in West Virginia and Virginia but commonplace in Denver. This sort of thing is why Chicago's WGN doesn't show its morning newscast on WGN America. Not because there isnt any interest but due to the commericals and features that are can only air in Chicago.

This post was modified by cathyftr on 2010-06-29 03:47:55

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Poster: adamelijah Date: Jun 28, 2010 8:52pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Copyright and TV commercials - How are commercials copyrighted

After March 1, 1989, everything produced anywhere is copyrighted notice or not (and works produced between 1977-89 had five years to rectify the lack of a notice), so the local commercials are copyrighted, people just don't get sued for putting them on You Tube, because that's why they make the commercials.

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Poster: cathyftr Date: Jun 29, 2010 4:47pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Copyright and TV commercials - How are commercials copyrighted

True..but people don't get sued for uploading anything on You Tube or elsewhere..it would be You Tube that would get sued if they don't take a copyrighted clip down from the site. Reason being is the the studios really can't/don't want to get involve with the average Joe so they go after the site themselves. Besides can you imagine what would happen say to a big company like Viacom or some major advetrriser like Pepsi-Cola if they would sue that 18 year old Indianapolis girl in a wheelchair if she would upload an episode of Dexter or an ad for Mountain Dew onto You Tube? Do they really expect the girl in that wheelchair to cough up the millions? Talk about bad public relations !! Much easier to go after You Tube since they are the ones who have the "money".

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Poster: adamelijah Date: Jun 29, 2010 5:37pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Copyright and TV commercials - How are commercials copyrighted

True, but the reason YouTube doesn't get sued is because the companies want it there.

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